Alex Blitstein

Owner / Instructor

"The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. Little bodies have big eyes, ears and hearts willing to watch, listen and spread the love we share with them."

Our House is Your House

Faculty

"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

-Rob Siltanen

Instructor

Erica Pecho

Erica graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business Management. During her time at SSU she was on the Nationally Ranked-Sapphires Dance team and was the captain for 3 out of her 4 years. Raised in Walnut Creek, Erica danced at a competitive studio training in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary. She is currently a dance team coach at Carondelet High School and is driven by her passion to help her students grow not only as dancers, but as young aspiring artists.

"Be Fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

-anonymous

Instructor

Rylee Schmidt

Rylee received her degree in Dance from the University of Hawaii Manoa where she was a member of the University’s dance team. Rylee knew from a young age that dance education and choreography would be a passion that she would pursue as a career. She is currently an assistant coach and choreographer for the renowned Napa High Spiritleaders and teaches dance for the enrichment program at NVLA.

"Ballet is the foundation of everything and necessary for the advancement in any style of dance."

Instructor

Haley Leffin

Haley has been dancing since she could walk. Her passion for ballet took flight when she was accepted into the renowned Santa Clarita Ballet Company in Southern California. She spent her summers training with the Joffrey Ballet refining her craft. A highlight of her pre-professional career was competing on America's Got Talent at age 16 and with her team progressed to the quarter finals on national television. Haley was a captain of the Sonoma State University Dance Team and recently graduated with a major in liberal studies and three concentrations in human development, child psychology, and theatre arts. She is currently in the graduate program pursuing her multiple subject credential. 

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Instructor

Kimberly Melgoza

Kimberly was a 4 year honor roll student at Napa High where she was awarded the Kris Van Treese Memorial Scholarship from the dance department and was the sole female recipient of the prestigious "Grizzly of the Year" award. She was a coveted Napa High Spiritleader and is currently majoring in viticulture and enology with hopes of working in the wine industry.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

-Mother Teresa

Instructor

Lisa Garcia

Lisa attended  Napa High and was a 3-time National Champion as well as an All-American Dancer.  She accepted an invitation to join the National Dance Alliance staff and taught at camps across the country for middle and high-schoolers, while she worked to receive her degree in Early Childhood development. She then went on to diversify her training and got certified as a fitness instructor and is currently an assistant coach for the Napa High Spiritleaders. 

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

-Winnie the Pooh

Birthday Coordinator/Instructor

Amanda Meyer

Amanda's fondest memories of her dance career were being able to perform in New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and at a Pro Bowl in Hawaii. She studied early childhood education in college and has been a preschool teacher for the last 6 years. Amanda prides herself on being a mom, who loves to plan and host fun filled birthday parties and special events.

“The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles"

Instructor

Teagan Behlmer

Teagan was raised in Napa Valley and trained primarily in Ballet growing up. In her later teen years she developed a love for commercial jazz and contemporary and studies dance in college. 

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Instructor

Maddie Spencer

Maddie graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Child and Family Development. She was a member of their nationally ranked dance team and a staff member for the National Dance Alliance. Prior to attending University,  Maddie was a NHS Spiritleader where she was titled NDA Top All American Dancer and the recipient of the prestigious "Kris Van Treese Memorial Scholarship.

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